IRC Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme - Closed

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The application round for 2022 is now closed. Below is for informational purposes only.

The School of Politics and International Relations is accepting applications for PhD candidates supported by the Irish Research Council under their Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme. 

The Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme is an established national initiative, funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, and managed by the Council.

The Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme is unique in the Irish research landscape and complements other channels for funded postgraduate education in the Irish ecosystem. Among its features are:

  • individual, prestigious awards for excellent research in the name of the applicant;
  • an objective selection process using international, independent expert peer review;
  • funding across all disciplines, from archaeology to zoology; and
  • awards for bottom-up, non-directed research, with the exception of those funded by our strategic funding partners.

Pioneering proposals addressing new and emerging fields of research or those introducing creative, innovative approaches are welcomed. Proposals of an interdisciplinary nature are also encouraged as it is recognised that advancing fundamental understanding is achieved by integrating information, techniques, tools and perspectives from two or more disciplines.

Full information is available on the IRC website: 

The funding call document is available here. This contains information on eligibility, and guidelines for applicants. 

New prospective students and current SPIRe PhD students are eligible to apply. For more information contact


There is information available on the UCD intranet for internal candidates. A UCD Connect login is required. For more information see here

Important: All applicants must get in touch with a prospective supervisor before applying. The supervisor must approve the application and will inform the School and College of the application.